Innovate UK: Aerospace Technologies – Call

innovate-uk-logoInnovate UK are shortly to announce the “Game Changing Technologies in Aerospace” call, which is seeking collaborative R&D and Feasibility studies to accelerate highly innovative technology development for civil aerospace. They are looking for projects that offer solutions to key aerospace industry challenges and for opportunities to bring in technologies and capabilities from outside the traditional aerospace sector.

Innovate UK will be investing up to £10 million in this topic, and are looking for projects that offer solutions to key aerospace industry challenges and for opportunities to bring in technologies and capabilities from outside the traditional aerospace sector. It is expected that collaborative R&D projects will range in size from total costs of £250,000 to £1.5 million. Feasibility studies are expected to have total project costs of up to £100,000.

The R&D call will have a registration deadline of the 9th September, whilst the Feasibility call will have a registration deadline of the 5th November. The EOI deadline for each will fall a week later. There will be a competition briefing on the 15th July 2015 which will become active for registration once the call goes live.

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Innovate UK: Complex Biological Data – Call

innovate-uk-logoInnovate UK and BBSRC have opened a call for Collaborative R&D and Feasibility studies into the topic of “Finding value in complex biological data – integrated ‘omics'”, and are to invest up to £2.5 million to stimulate innovative, integrated approaches to biological systems. The aim of this competition is to build a commercial ecosystem to exploit the commercial opportunities of ‘omics (e.g. genomics, proteomics etc.), systems biology and complex biological data streams. These could become key technologies for growth in the UK economy through enabling quicker  identification of promising products and services and de-risking development.

Funding has been allocated of up to £2 million to fund collaborative R&D projects.
It is expected that the total project costs to be between £250,000 and £400,000 and projects to last up to 2 years. A further £500,000 is available for smaller-scale feasibility study projects lasting 12 to 18 months with total project costs up to £150,000. Projects must be business-led.

The purpose of this competition is to develop enabling technologies, products and services that pioneer the commercial exploitation of complex biological data-streams and models. We are looking to fund projects developing one or more of the following:

• data analysis platforms tailored to ‘omics and complex biological data streams
• analytical or diagnostic tools that look at multiple parameters within a discrete
complex biological system
• predictive biological system models in silico
• evidence based models that demonstrate the impact on a biological system by introducing new candidate compounds or interventions
• data driven tools and services to speed development of bio-products

A competition briefing is being held on the 2nd June 2015 in London (or via Webinar). This will be followed by the expression of interest deadline on the 24th June 2015, later followed by the application deadline of the 1st July 2015.

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Royal Society – Brian Mercer Feasibility Award


Applications are welcomed for the Brian Mercer Feasibility Award. The scheme provides initial support of up to £30,000 to test the feasibility of a project (max 12 months), enabling applicants to investigate the technical and economic feasibility of commercialising an aspect of their scientific research, possibly in conjunction with a third party. This award is designed to promote innovation and fill the funding gap between scientific research and the exploitation of an idea through venture capital investment, in the general areas of electrotechnology and biomedical sciences.

The Brian Mercer Feasibility Award is open to applicants of any nationality who have a PhD (or are of equivalent standing in their profession), who hold a substantive post in a UK university or not-forprofit research organisation and who will be in post for at least the duration of the project. The project must commence within three months of the date of notification. Applicants may make only one application per round. Applications from individuals or groups who already have established contacts with industrial or commercial collaborators are particularly encouraged.

Deadline for applications: These awards now operate on a rolling basis. There is no closing date as such, and applications will be assessed as and when they are submitted. Applicants are therefore encouraged to submit their proposals as soon as possible.

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*Please note – all applications must go through your Research Facilitation team